Is the evidence for Jesus fabricated by well-meaning Christians? While filming at the American Atheist Convention in Memphis, Tennessee, I interviewed David Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is a frequent speaker at atheist gatherings and author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All. I asked David why some atheists work so hard to show that Jesus did not exist. He told me,
“Well, I’d like to think I’m working hard to make a case. Personally, it doesn’t matter to me whether he existed, or not. If I thought he existed, I’d be happy to – I was perfectly happy, being an atheist, to say that. But the fact is, the more – in fact, here’s the thing. I didn’t start out as a mythicist. I started out as a perfectly happy atheist, sure there was a guy named Jesus who started Christianity. It wasn’t until I got curious about what he actually said, and actually did, and how much of that was just legendary creation that came later. Then I thought, “Well, how do we parse that out?” And once I started looking into evidence for that, all of a sudden all these red flags started appearing, and all these cracks started appearing in the usual story that we get from orthodox Christianity. You look at the evidence that we get from secular Biblical historians, and you see how much that’s informed by their religious upbringing.”
Is your response ready? Sadly, many professing Christians will listen to David Fitzgerald and be confused. Through the various resources Cristie Jo and I are developing, you can be equipped to answer questions regarding the historicity of Jesus Christ.